KING -- OF THE KHYBER RIFLES: A ROMANCE OF ADVENTURE ..
1916 · Indianapolis
by Mundy, Talbot (pseudonym of William Lancaster Gribbon)
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers, 1916. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-395 [396: blank], seven inserted plates (all double page except frontispiece) with illustrations by Joseph Clement Coll, original decorated olive-green cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition, first printing. Talbot misspelled "Talbott" on recto of title leaf. Mundy's best-known adventure novel, an oriental romance set in India during World War I. "As a writer of adventure fiction set in exotic climes Mundy was one of the most skilled craftsmen of his day. Like Eric Ambler he had the ability to suggest locale and alien personality types by minimal hints and suggestions. He was also a good stylist and constructor of plots. If his characters separate themselves into goods, bads, and mahatmas, this was partly due to his market." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, p. 376. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, p. 802. Teitler and Locke, By the World Forgot (2013) 900. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 145. Reginald 10517. Grant, p. 194. Touch of wear to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, a clean, tight, very good copy with bright cover stamping. A nice copy. (#85641) (Inventory #: 85641)